Staying safe online

The internet is now central to many people’s lives and it can make our lives a lot easier. For example:

  • online shopping is quick and convenient
  • you can connect with other people. Social networks are a great way to keep in touch with family and friends and find out about local events
  • you can access your bank account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • if you have a question, you'll probably find the answer on the internet
  • you can use the internet to pursue hobbies

Vulnerable people, however, are often at risk of abuse when they're online.

Visit the Age UK website to find lots of information to help you stay safe online.

Cyber bullying

Cyber or internet bullying is a growing problem, and a real concern for vulnerable or young people. If you're the victim of internet bullying you should tell someone immediately. You can also bring it to the attention of the website you're using by sending an email, or by calling them. Keep any messages you've received which is evidence of the bullying, and avoid speaking to the perpetrator online and/or in person.

If you have autism or a learning disability, and you've been the victim of bullying you can visit the Dimensions charity website. Their advisors will be able to tell you what you need to do.

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is an initiative run by the government and a number of partner organisations. They provide free and independent advice about using the internet in a safe way.